Bridge by Frank Stewart
"He thinks you have the same problem as Minnie?" I asked in sympathy. (Minnie Bottoms, the club's senior member, wears ancient bifocals and can't tell kings from jacks.)
"My eyes are fine. I just have trouble seeing the cards around the table as the auction proceeds."
To judge their prospects, good players visualize all four hands during the bidding. For example, the positional value of honors can change: If the player at your right bids hearts, your A-Q may be worth as much as an A-K.
"When my partner leaped to four spades," he said, "I passed. I ruffed the opening lead in dummy and took the A-K of trumps and then my three high diamonds. East refused to ruff, so I ruffed a heart in dummy and led a good diamond, throwing my last heart as East ruffed. I lost a club, making five.
"My partner was upset. He said I could have pictured him with good spades and distribution - probably a singleton heart - so I should have bid again. Since I took only 11 tricks, I thought he was nuts."
I suppose South might have tried for slam. Still, a club lead would beat six spades, and even with a heart lead, South must play with care. After ruffing in dummy, he takes only the king of trumps and then leads three high diamonds. If East ruffs (to discard is no better) and leads another heart, dummy ruffs and draws the missing trump with the ace. South can then discard a club and his last heart on the good diamonds.